Our dusty debris disks in National Geographic Magazine

Every now and then it’s nice to see our work show up in National Geographic Magazine. This month’s issue (September 2021) has a full page showing five of the planetary systems that we imaged with the Gemini Planet Imager. In each case the bright host star in the middle is artificially eclipsed by our instrument, revealing the faint light reflected off orbiting dust grains. These discoveries took over five years of work, but the payoff is learning how each planetary system has been constructed at an early age, teaching us how our own solar system formed. 🔭

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